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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 11, 2010 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Scotland has a parliament, Wales and Northern Ireland have assemblies, all three have certain powers devolved to them from central government in Westminster (Houses of Parliament). So, for example, the Scottish parliament deals with things like education and health in Scotland, but the Westminster government makes decisions about international relationships and defence. Likewise, central government sets taxation levels for everyone, though there are proposals to give Scotland its own tax raising powers.

I have to say that it was the tying of company to country that I objected to. BP is a multinational. It hasn't had British in the name for over a decade and has no ties to any one country. I'm all for multinationals being held to account when they screw up, but the anti-British rhetoric coming from the White House on down smacks of scapegoating and is just distasteful. There were at least three US companies directly involved in that well and everyone, not just the easy foreign target, should be made to stand up and explain themselves.

Oh yeah, the World Cup. I'll probably tune into a couple of games but I've got no particular interest in who wins the thing. But speaking purely as a Scotsman here, and BP shenanigans to one side, USA 1 England 0 would be nice tomorrow. You did it in 1950...

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Poster: snori Date: Jun 11, 2010 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Rob is clearly an ABE (nothing to do with your esteemed President, but an 'Anyone But England' grouping of Scots, Welsh, and North Irelanders who unite to urge success on anyone who is playing against England).

I don't believe this is a total dislike of all things English, rather a justifiable annoyance at the dreadful bias of our gutter press who constantly overstate England's abilities and denigrate the teams from the rest of the U.K.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 11, 2010 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

It's more to do with me mischievously playing up to stereotype. As you might already know, I've spent longer living here in England than I ever lived in Scotland and I actually really like the English (the ones I know well anyway). I've had to put up with my fair share of jibes, some good natured, but some not so. I enjoy a bit of friendly banter and rivalry but when it slides into jingoism and borderline racism that's when I make my excuses and leave.

But I'm still looking forward to seeing the Aussies win back the Ashes this winter...

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Poster: snori Date: Jun 11, 2010 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

I will not be wound up, I will not be wound up. (100 Times)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 11, 2010 12:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

snori , It sounds like your living and dying here . I've been there . I know . You have 28ish hours to wait . Are you going to make it ? Do you really think that we will beat you ?
Stupid question # 4 - Could a match (?) end in a tie , w/ point scoring like the NHL ( that would be hockey , and the only sport similar I could think of )

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Poster: snori Date: Jun 11, 2010 1:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

At this stage of the tournament matches (like the opener this afternoon) can end as a draw. The opening stage is a set of 8 mini-leagues and the top two teams in each mini-league go through to a series of knock-out rounds ie 16 teams, 8, 4, Final. These games cannot end in a draw - if the scores are level at the end of normal time (90 minutes), an extra 30 minutes is played. If the scores are level at the end of that time a penalty shoot-out takes place to decide the winner.

If anyone would like further explanation or would be interested in how the 'Offside Rule' is applied, it will have to wait until I get back from the pub.

Snori, Football Correspondent, Ingerland, saying 'back to the studio'

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 11, 2010 1:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Quick - someone explain the infield fly rule to those heads across the pond.